Menno : Josh Homme, Dave Grohl, John Paul Jones. Kyuss, Nirvana, Led Zeppelin. Need I say more? In fact I do, because the recent exclusive second show ever of Them Crooked Vultures in Amsterdam left me with an unsatisfied feeling. This was not what I expected.
However, after listening to the actual album over and over I have to say that the way too crowded and messy concert didn't quite rightfully portrayed the band and their music. 'Them Crooked Vultures' turned out to be brilliant. Homme sings as passionate as ever, John Paul Jones grooves like it's 1971 all over and Dave Grohl finally is back where he truly belongs, behind the kit. 'Them Crooked Vultures' has no real weak songs, quite on the contrary, it is filled with high-quality alternative rock-tracks. 'Nobody Loves Me and Neither Do I', 'Scumbag Blues', 'Interlude with Ludes' (reminiscent of Gorillaz) and the Zeppelin-esque 'Elephants' all are products of the chemistry between three of the most influential artists in contemporary music. It might be unlikely, but let us hope that Them Crooked Vultures keeps their status around the current size, for popularity might not always be beneficial to the music.